Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Author: Libba Bray
Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 390
Source: ARC from Scholastic
Summary ( The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
My Review:
People are comparing this book to Lord of the Flies and I can see why; kids on a deserted island because of a plane crash. However, the comparison ends there. Beauty Queens is ten times better than Lord of the Flies. Beauty pageant contestants are way funnier than whiny British boys. The way the Queens dealt with survival things on the island surprised me, they used anything and everything they could to survive while maintaining a nice, even tan. This is the first Libba Bray book I’ve read and I really liked it. I always wanted to read her books, but I never did until she did a blog tv video with Maureen Johnson. They were talking about this book and it just sounded so good. It didn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a fun read check this out!